By Uriel Ortega |Staff Writer|
The Coyotes get a split on Valentine’s Day, but No. 4 ranked Humboldt State shows no mercy, sweeping the Coyotes in seconded double-header last Friday and Saturday.
In a fourth game against top ranked conference opponents Humboldt State, the Coyotes fell short on upsetting the Jacks on missed opportunities, as the Coyotes fell 4-1.
The first game of Valentine’s Day, the Jacks came out swinging as they slugged four home runs out of Softball Park. The Jacks took a commanding 5-0 lead with two home runs and three RBIs.
The Coyotes narrowed the score in the second inning with a triple to left field by Cassandra Williams finishing the inning down 5-4.
During the fourth inning, the Coyotes kept it close until the Jacks capitalized on a hit to center field to add two more runs for a score of 6-4. In the bottom of the sixth, Williams hit a single, setting up Victoria Lievanos, who doubled for the RBI, for a score of 6-5.
The Jacks would pull away in the seventh adding two more runs and winning the game 8-5. The second game of the double-header caught the Jacks off guard as the Coyotes rallied in the bottom of the seventh to steal the game in a 4-3 victory.
The Jacks would score three runs in the second inning but would be the only runs of the game until the bottom of the seventh when the Coyotes got their last a bat.
It appeared that game was over, but the sluggers for the Coyotes really came to life when Tiffany McIntosh hit a homer to center field avoiding the shut out.
A double by Jennifer Del Mar to center field closed the gap for a score of 3-2.
Melissa Roberts would also double to tie the game on an RBI and set up Thalia Ortiz for the winning run. Ortiz would come through with a hit to center field and winning the game 4-3 upsetting the Jacks.
On Saturday of the second doubleheader, the Coyotes were looking to feed off Friday’s win and continue the momentum. In the bottom of the first, Williams would smash the ball to right center field for a three run home run.
The Jacks would fight back adding two runs, but McIntosh hit a home run to left field with two runners on base for a 6-2 lead.
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, the Jacks would rally back by scoring runs for three consecutive innings finishing the Coyotes 12-6. In last game of the second double header, the Coyotes struggled to find their swing as the Jacks shut down the Coyotes for five consecutive innings with a score of 6-0.
In the bottom of the fifth Lievanos would hit a home run to left field with bases loaded, putting the Coyotes on the board for a 4-6 deficit.
In the sixth inning, the Jacks would increase their lead by adding three more runs and ultimately finishing the game with a 9-4 victory.
The Coyotes’ loss to Humboldt State took with it a couple missed opportunities to win a couple of games.
However, the Coyote’s batting lineup is looking strong and promising as the Coyotes look ahead after losing 3-1 to a top conference opponent.
The Coyotes look forward to improving their rank, as they face off against California Baptist and Sonoma State at Softball Park later in the week.